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NBC Los Angeles Article - November 4, 2009

by sally » Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:23 pm

Save the Conchords
Don’t let Bret and Jemaine fly the coop
By JERE HESTER
Updated 10:16 PM PDT, Wed, Nov 4, 2009

Hapless band manager Murray Hewitt might not be able to mark Bret and Jemaine "present" at the next meeting of “Flight of the Conchords."

Jemaine Clement said this week that he and partner Bret McKenzie “very likely might” end their hit HBO show, which would be a devastating blow to their only fan/stalker Mel – as well as the rest of us who have become addicted to the deadpan duo's off-kilter comedy and genre-mixing music.

"We've got to write the series, but we've also got to write the songs, and just dividing your time into those two writing tasks is really tricky," Clement told Reuters.

The show, two years and 22 episodes old, is no doubt labor intensive. “Conchords” might be thin on plots – shows have centered on Bret's new coffee cup and Jemaine dating (horrors!) an Australian – but it’s heavy on Seinfeldian-via-New-Zealand dialogue. Each episode also features one or two elaborate music videos, like their “Frodo” and “Bowie’s in Space” epics.

If that all sounds weird, the show about two loser musicians trying to make it in New York has always been an acquired taste – and a hard one to shake. “Conchords” is a hipster, surreal, latter-day Monkees, with an appeal to the absurdist that lurks in many – at least 3 million viewers, according to the ratings. Now it looks like the show could be ending just months after a surprise Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series marked a major step toward taking “Conchords” beyond a cult following.

Last we saw them, Jemaine and Bret were evicted from their apartment (they'd been paying the rent in New Zealand dollars) and wound up deported back home where they were making music while herding sheep.

Clement said a decision on the show’s future would be made in a month, and he floated a shorter season or a special as possibilities. Hopefully, HBO can herd them back for a full third season – otherwise, maybe it’s time to get Mel to hunt them down...

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Personally, as much as I know we'd all love a third season, I say, if Bret and Jemaine are tired, I'd rather they not do one. Though I know I'd always be biased towards their work, I'd rather the guys and the fans feel that each and every episode was totally solid (and they not be overworked). America loves to have too much of a good thing. If it needs to be cut at two seasons, do it.
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by mcdoofus » Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:31 pm

Yeah, I know what you mean. It would be awesome to get a third season if they wanted to. I know HBO say they left the door open for them or whatever. I just hope they don't try to pressure them into doing it. If they did want to, I would love for them to take...all the time they needed to. Just so, as you said, none of the episodes would feel forced.

That being said, I'd like to see, if this is the last season, some kind of wrap-up dealie. Like a special or a one-off thing. That'd be cute.
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by gezyka » Fri Nov 06, 2009 1:15 pm


mcdoofus wrote:Yeah, I know what you mean. It would be awesome to get a third season if they wanted to. I know HBO say they left the door open for them or whatever. I just hope they don't try to pressure them into doing it. If they did want to, I would love for them to take...all the time they needed to. Just so, as you said, none of the episodes would feel forced.

That being said, I'd like to see, if this is the last season, some kind of wrap-up dealie. Like a special or a one-off thing. That'd be cute.

Exactly. [image]

If they thought about doing it, but years later, I'd of course still watch it. It sounds like they feel like they're limited to only a certain amount time, so I don't know if HBO gave them an ultimatum or something.

Either way, they're talented fellas, so we'll just follow and support whatever they do, Conchords or not. [image] [image] [image] [image]


(though I do hope they continue to work together as a band or in some other capacity in the future, even if it's just here and there... [image] )
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